Note: This article contains speculation.
Just a few days ago I wrote a review of the “Plug It In & Play TV Games” version of 1942 from JAKKS Pacific. One of the sections I edited out of that review was a lament that the 1983 Star Wars arcade game was not available in this format. I’ve written about the Star Wars arcade game before on this site, and it’s also one of my all-time favorites. It owes me quarters, lots of quarters.
I had no interest in the first Star Wars “Plug It In & Play TV Games” offering, as these were all new games based on Revenge of the Sith. New games developed around old formats really don’t interest me. The nostalgia just isn’t there.
Today, starwars.com announced the contents of Star Wars 2: The Original Trilogy for “Plug It In & Play TV Games.” Specifically, their article mentions new games based on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Sheer disappointment, I must admit. I went ahead and clicked on the screenshots link anyway, though. And what did I find there? The first four screenshots appear to be from the 1983 Star Wars arcade game. The other 17 images are indeed from new games for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Does this mean that the Star Wars 2 video game will include the 1983 arcade game? If so, was the error in the article itself by omitting this very important fact? Or was the error in the screenshots, accidentally giving away what may have been a secret, forthcoming announcement? Perhaps it was simply a tantalizing clue or red herring to see who was paying attention.
I have no interest in the newly developed games, but if this contains the original arcade game, I’ll be there the first day. Which, apparently, will be sometime this month. This also speaks to my theory that if you wait long enough, any project you can dream of will eventually come about.
At the rate things are going, I may have to start a new wishlist.
UPDATE: Unless the fine folks over at starwars.com have something else up their sleeves or the vintage game was added to the controller at the last minute, looks like the original Star Wars arcade game is not on the Star Wars 2: The Original Trilogy controller. I found this review at IGN, which indicates that it contains only new games. Maybe next time! Remember what I said about patience. Though the optimistic part of me still hopes there’s something to this story. Where did those screenshots come from, anyway?